Early diagnosis programme
'I was diagnosed early' is one of Macmillan's nine outcomes. Our outcomes are things that we'd like everyone diagnosed with cancer to be able to say by 2030.
The early diagnosis programme includes a number of new projects to help promote awareness of the benefits of earlier recognition, referral and diagnosis of cancer. We're also developing tools to help GPs and primary care professionals.
Cancer decision support tools
GPs across England are testing a new electronic decision-support tool designed to identify people who might have cancer. This project will be evaluated by Cancer Research UK and is part-funded by the Department of Health.
GP practices across fifteen cancer networks have been recruited to test the cancer decision support tool which helps GPs recognise the symptoms of five cancer types including hard to detect cancers such as ovarian and pancreatic cancer.
Find out more about the project, FAQs and a summary of the previous pilot.
Cancer decision support tools - training resources
To help support you in this project we have developed a series of training resources and videos.
Professor Willie Hamilton talks about the Risk Assessment Tool (RAT.)
Walk through user guide to using the online decision support tool [PDF]
Background research papers
Prof. Willie Hamilton:
Professor Julia Hippisley Cox answers some FAQs about QCancer.
Prof. Julia Hippisley Cox:
Thanks to Media Trust for their help with making these videos.
We are well aware that different people work in different ways. Over the course of a year the average GP will only see around eight people with a cancer diagnosis, despite seeing many more who have symptoms which might be cancer. This project looks at the different referral styles of GPs and identifies and matches up targeted tools and interventions that best suit their style of referring.
This project is an exciting opportunity for GP practices to work with Macmillan on a project which could have a big positive impact on cancer diagnosis and referral across the UK. We are currently working with GPs in Bedfordshire and Luton to develop our framework.
Find out more about the project [PDF.]
GP Rapid Referral Guidelines
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Download your Rapid Referral guidelines here.
The Rapid Referral Toolkit contains the NICE referral guidelines for suspected cancer. It aims to provide support, guidance and practical solutions to those involved in the improvement of cancer care. The initial design of the toolkit was a hardcopy Macmillan branded Rapid Referral Desktop Tool (originally designed in Medway) which was rolled out across GP Practices in Lincolnshire. The advantages of the toolkit were that GPs could use the tool to assist them in identifying symptoms of cancer. It also provides them with immediate access to NICE referral guidance. The desktop tool also has the option for users to add contact information for local services (eg. local head and neck cancer specialist) so that GPs can signpost patients to local services where appropriate.
This hard copy has now been translated into an electronic PDF which the GPs can download from the Macmillan website to sit right on their PC desktop making it easily accessible whenever they need it. We are also in the process of converting the guidelines into a more readable format for all smart phones so it can be accessed whilst away from the surgery/Practice.
Significant Event Audit (SEA)
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The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is piloting a project to offer GPs peer review of completed cancer SEAs with certification for their appraisal or revalidation portfolios. Initially GPs in 13 cancer networks are invited to take part. The National Cancer Action Team and Macmillan are supporting this work.
Find out more about the project.
If you have any questions about the early diagnosis programme please contact Stephanie Peart by emailing email@example.com